Presented for the first time at an exclusive press briefing at the Focus-on-Imaging trade show in Birmingham, UK, the Coolpix A uses a DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as the Expeed 2 image processing engine and a fixed Nikkor wide-angle 18.5mm f/2.8 lens, equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format.
Speaking to selected press representatives, James Loader, product manager for consumer products at Nikon UK, explained that the camera had been designed with street photographers in mind.
The wide-angle lens, for example, uses a seven-blade rounded iris diaphragm to reduce light where necessary and to "give beatifully natural background blur," says Nikon. And similarly to recent digital SLR models, Nikon has also removed the sensor's low-pass filter to increase the definition and resolution of shot images.
The Coolpix A has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, extendable to ISO 25,600, a burst rate of 4fps, two user modes that can be customised, a programmable function button, and a lens focusing ring to enable manual focus.
The new camera, which will be released on 21 March, supports 14 bits compressed raw image data, and its images can be edited in-camera using the three-inch LCD monitor.
While the camera lacks an electronic viewfinder, Nikon has also announced that it will release an optional optical viewfinder.
The Coolpix A, which can be seen from today at the Focus-on-Imaging trade show, will retail at £1000.
For more details, visit www.nikon.co.uk.
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